Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Give the gift of creativity with Arog Kaito art fair in Daet!

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Bicol Standard is a proud sponsor of a two-day art fair featuring the finest young creatives of Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur to be held at Café Morga on December 21 to 22, 2018 here.

Shop for artsy and exciting holiday gifts at Arog Kaito while supporting local talents such as up-and-coming art and crafts dealership Artsikrap;handmade calligraphy by the Calligrafer and Edward Alipio zines and prints by Sam Escueta; handpainted shoes by Lakaw; sculptures and paintings by Paolo Gerero Arte Sacro and artworks by scholars and alumni of Teknikas Benming Corp..

The art fair is open from 6:00-9:00 p.m.

Mayor Bongat: No to STL in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Mayor John Bongat vehemently objects to the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in this city based on legal and moral grounds.

“I have always been against any form of gambling, but especially STL, which does not differ from jueteng except for its cloak of legality given by the national government,” he told the Bicol Standard this morning.

“Hence it will, like jueteng, corrode the moral fiber of our fellow Nagueños who will be addicted to this form of gambling,” he said.

The local chief executive added that STL will also promote indolence and induce dependence on luck rather than good, old-fashioned hard work to better their future.

Bongat thus requested authority from the members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod to file a case for Injunction with Prayer for Temporary Restraining Order and/or Preliminary Prohibition Injunction against Evenchance Gaming Corporation (hereafter Evenchance) from operating STL within the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City.

Evenchance holds office at DSI Building, Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City, and is represented by its Vice President Jerome A. Bañez, and Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), represented by its General Manager Alexander Balutan.

“Evenchance justifies its operation of STL in Naga City with the decision of Regional Trial Court Branch 213 in Mandaluyong City permanently stopping PCSO from implementing its board resolutions intending to accept applicants for and awarding STL agency agreement in the Province of Camarines Sur, and directing Evenchance to wind up its operations in said province,” Bongat noted.

“However, while geographically, Naga City is inside Camarines Sur, the former is an independent component city. Ironically, while said decision applies only to the province of Camarines Sur, Evenchance is not operating in the province but inside the territorial jurisdiction of Naga City,” he explained.

“Legally, Evenchance’s operation of STL in Naga City stands on precarious ground,” he stressed.
The request was sent to Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer of the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Naga City Nelson S. Legacion.

Meanwhile, Bongat added that he has informed Senior Supt. Felix Servita, City Director of the Naga City Police Office, of this issue.

Servita replied that he has referred the same to the legal section of Police Regional Office 5, and has not received any word as of press time.

Cam Sur Mobile Passport Service offers 4,000 slots

PILI, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard)—No less than 4,000 slots for processing and availment of passport are available at the Mobile Passport Service organized by the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur through the Camarines Sur Employment Center in collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs - Manila scheduled on March 13 to 14, 2019 at the Capitol Convention Center, Capitol Complex, Cadlan, this town.

In line with this, the Camarines Sur Public Employment Service Office (PESO) has announced that it is now accepting pre-registration to determine the number of applicants who will avail processing.

Said office announced that the DFA will strictly implement the No Walk-in Applicants policy during the Mobile Passport Service.

Applicants with lost valid passport will not be accepted, the office clarified.

Meantime, according to the DFA, the following are the core requirements for adult new applicants: confirmed appointment, personal appearance, accomplished application form, original copy of Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Authenticated Birth Certificate on Security Paper, and any of the specified valid IDs with one photocopy.

The following is the list of acceptable IDs: SSS/GSIS Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) Card, LTO Driver's License (student permit may be accepted in card format), PRC ID, OWWA, iDOLE card, COMELEC Voter's ID or Voter's Certification from Election Officer (with dry seal), PNP Firearms License, Senior Citizen ID, School ID (if applicable), current valid ePassport, host government-issued IDs showing Philippine citizenship for applicants based overseas.

Application forms and the list of requirements are available at the Camarines Sur PESO or through the DFA website.

Camarines Sur PESO also reminded the applicants to write legibly on the application forms with no erasures, and to fill out all information needed.

Only one valid and active e-mail address per applicant is accepted.

It also reminded applicants to attach the original documents with the photocopies and have them in a short brown envelope with nothing written.

All application forms with attached requirements must be submitted on or before January 31, 2019 at Camarines Sur PESO.

For more information, kindly contact the Camarines Sur PESO.

Pulis, Army sa Bicol nasa full alert ngonian

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Ibinugtak sa full alert an gabos na police sa Bicol Region kasunod kan serye nin pag atake kan mga communistang New People's Army (NPA).

Segun ki Chief Supt Arnel Escobal, PNP Regional Office V chief, an mga NPA nag lansar nin serye nin pag-pamate sa mga police stations, sarong mobile force company asin sa sarong grupo nin mga soldados, digdi sa Bicol.

May posibilidad na mag-atake mga rebelde sa masunod na mga aldaw, kaya pirmeng nasa red alert status an mga pulis, sabi ni Escobal.

Mientrastanto, sarong companiya kan Special Action Force (SAF) an naghuhunting na ngonian kan mga NPA na iyo an responsable sa nasambit na pag atake.

Enot kaini an CPP nag declarar nin "unilateral ceasefire" sa minasunod na mga fecha asin oras:
Alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 24, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Disyembre 26, 2018.

Poon alas 12:01 nin aga sa Disyembre 31, 2018 abot alas 11:59 nin bangui sa Enero 1, 2019.

An Communist Party of the Philippines asin an New People's Army (CPP-NPA) macelebrar kan saindang founding anniversary sa fecha 26 ngonian na bulan (Diciembre).

Maroromdoman na an liderato kan Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) nagsayuma na mag declarar nin ceasefire sa mga aldaw na pig nag declarar nin unilateral ceasefire an CPP-NPA, nin huli ta segun sainda mayo nin saysay an declarasyon, ta sinusurongan man sana sinda kan mga rebelde maski pa may ceasefire.

Utang kan DPWH Bicol sa mga contratista, nagpapara dakula pa

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Dakula nang problema an inaatubang ngonian kan Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) sa Bicol nin huli sa dakula nang kantidad nin cuarta an dai nababayadan sa saindang mga contratista.

Segun sa pahayag kan official kan DPWH sa region, na habo magpasambit kan pangaran, nag aagrangay na an mga contratista nin huli sa matatapos na an taon, dai nakaka collecta an mga contratista, na mayo sinda nin cash.

Mismong an officina regional kan DPWH an nagkukulog na an payo sa kasisimbag sa kapotan kan mga contratista, na nag ngangayo-ngayo na magkaigwa nin collection, ta dakul na an saindang mga babayaran, kabale an mga benefisyon kan mga empleado na dapat maitao antes magtaon an taon.

Base sa pahayag kan informante, dai makulang sa limang bilyon na pesos an dapat bayaran sa mga contratista hasta sa katapusan kan Nobyembre, nin huli sa tarapos nang patrabaho, alagad mayo nin cuarta an opisina.

Sabi kan budget officer kan sarong distrito sa Camarines Sur, nakatambak na sa saindang officina an mga papeles kan mga contratista, poon pa kan naka-aging tulong bulan, alagad maromarom an paglaom na sinda mababayaran sagkod sa katapusan kan taon.

Mayo pa nin pahayag si DPWH Region V Regional Director Virgilio C. Eduarte mapadapit sa problemang ini.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

FDA: Be cautious in buying Noche Buena products

MANILA—The Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines (FDA) reminded consumers anew to be cautious in buying food items specially this holiday season.

Authorities from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) and FDA recently seized various processed food products that were either expired or tampered in Manila following reports received by FDA’s Regulation Enforcement Unit.

Health authorities, on the other hand, also reminded the public to always check the expiry date of the products to avoid possible food poisoning.

Meanwhile, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) also urged business operators and sellers to strictly follow the suggested retail prices (SRPs) of Noche Buena products, as well as basic necessities and prime commodities to avoid fines and penalties. (FDA PR)

Bicolano cage player gets drafted into PBA

Jorey Napoles

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – A Bicolano is among those who got drafted into the Philippine Basketball Association earlier this week.

Jorey Napoles of Daraga, Albay, is also the first player from the Technological Institute of the Philippines to get drafted into the PBA.

He will play for Phoenix Fuel Masters, the PBA confirmed.

Called a “surprise pick”by local sports analysts, Napoles is said to be unlike the players from the UAAP and NCCA who are used to getting national attention.

Napoles is noted for his rebound and defense.

The other picks, meanwhile, include:
CJ Perez (Columbian Dyip)
Bobby Ray Parks (Blackwater Elite)
Robert Bolick Jr. (NorthPort Batang Pier)
Paul Desiderio (NLEX Road Warriors)
Trevis Jackson (Meralco Bolts)
Jayvee Mocon (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Abu Tratter (NLEX Road Warriors)
Jayjay Alejandro (Rain or Shine Elasto Painters)
Jesper Ayaay (Alaska Aces)
Michael Calisaan (Magnolia Hotshots)
JP Calvo (Columbian Dyip)

Monday, December 17, 2018

Faeldon, Jr. faces charge with stiffer penalties

Photo courtesy of Bicol PNP
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Nicanor Faeldon, Jr., the son of the chief of the Bureau of Corrections, is now facing a complaint for violation of Section 6 of Republic Act 9165 which penalizes the maintenance of a den, dive, or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form.

This after the Naga City Police Office amended the original complaint, which charged Faeldon, Jr. for violation of Section 7 of R.A. 9165, which penalizes employees and visitors of a den, dive or resort.

The charge was changed upon the recommendation of the City Prosecution Office, after Faeldon, Jr. made a statement that he was not a visitor of the alleged drug den, but had been residing there for the past six months, SPO2 Tobias Bongon, Naga City Police Office spokesperson, told the Bicol Standard.

The penalty of life imprisonment to death and a fine ranging from Five hundred thousand pesos (P500,000.00) to Ten million pesos (P10,000,000.00) shall be imposed upon any person or group of persons who shall maintain a den, dive or resort where any dangerous drug is used or sold in any form, Republic Act 9165 reads.

As of this writing, Faeldon, Jr. remains at the detention center in Naga City Police Station 1.

Meantime, also charged were: Russel “Bubbles" Lanuzo y Bermudo, for violation of Sections 11, 12, and 15; Allan Valdez y Grate for violation of Section 7 and 15; and Manuel Niebres y Millares for violation of Section 7 and 15.

All four were arrested at Barangay Mabolo on December 14 at the residence of Lanuzo in an operation led by the Naga City Police Office.

Earlier, Faeldon, Jr. tested negative for the presence of dangerous drugs, while Lanuzo, Valdez, and Niebres tested positive.

Safe PH Project to improve police response time, deter crime

MANILA – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Monday clarified that the Safe Philippines emergency response and monitoring system is not primarily for surveillance but is an integrated system to improve police response time as well as to deter and reduce crime.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said the project will level up the 911 emergency system of the DILG-Philippine National Police (PNP) and will be used to improve public safety, evidence collection in the event of criminal activities, incident prevention measures for disaster-related mitigation and response, and police and fire emergency response in addressing traffic and criminal incidents.

"A similar system is in place in many cities in the world especially in large metropolitan cities like Metro Manila. It's about time we have a similar system in our country," the DILG chief said in a news release.

"Under this project, we can reduce crime by 15 percent and improve response time by 25 percent," he said.

On Nov. 19, the DILG signed the USD396.8-million contract with the winning bidder China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) for the construction and installation of monitoring systems in Metro Manila and Davao City.

Under phase 1 of the Safe Philippines Project, DILG will provide 18 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila and Davao City with integrated operations and command centers and a remote back-up data center.

Año said all cities in Metro Manila and Davao City will have their own command centers to be located at the PNP city headquarters.

Meanwhile, a national command center will be constructed in Metro Manila, while its remote back-up data center will be placed in the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga.

Metro Manila was identified as the pilot city for the project due to its dense population. Davao City, on the other hand, was chosen to complement the monitoring system already in place in the city.

Data protection

The DILG Secretary assured the public that they will take necessary measures such as installing protocols and standard operating procedures to protect the data stored in the CCTV system.

"The DILG will install the necessary firewalls to protect the system from hackers and other threats. This will be installed by the DILG and funded by our government," he said.

“The public also doesn’t have to worry about data breaches in the project as there will be no storage of classified data or information inimical to national security in the CCTV system,” Año said.

“The project will simply allow our police to respond to criminal activities, address disasters and traffic issues, and apprehend suspects in the event of threats to public order, safety and security,” he added.

Meanwhile, Año clarified that while Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. was one of the three bidders of the project, it did not win the bid.

“Huawei and CMEC were disqualified from the bid because they did not meet the standards and specifications of the Special Bids and Awards Committee. Only CITCC met the requirements,” Año said.

The PNP has been wanting to build a similar system since the previous administration, but it never took off because of the high cost, he said.

The DILG prepared the feasibility study of the National Safe Cities Project, which was submitted to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) in December 2016 for approval.

The name was changed to the Safe Philippines Project together with the submission of the final feasibility study to NEDA, which was approved in January 2018.

The Safe Philippines Phase I Project is a joint project between the governments of the Philippines and People’s Republic of China to ensure the effective and efficient management of public order, safety and security.

"People living in Metro Manila and Davao City will feel a lot more safer walking the streets at night knowing that this system is in place," Año said.

“This will further empower local government units and our police to be more responsive and proactive in addressing crime-related incidents,” the DILG chief said. (PR)

Task Group to probe killing of Cam Norte village chief urged

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) -- Police Senior Supt. Godofredo K. Tulo-o, Officer-in-Charge of the Camarines Norte Police Provincial Office, has recommended to Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal, Regional Director of Police Regional Office 5, the creation of a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that will focus on the investigation of the killing of Punong Barangay Joel Baricas y Apin of Barangay Lalawigan, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

This will fast track the investigation, Tulo-o said during the case conference at Camp Wenceslao Q. Vinzons, Brgy. Dogongan this morning.

Punong Barangay Baricas was shot several times by still unidentified perpetrators at about 11:45 PM of December 15, 2018 while he was on his way home after attending the barangay’s Christmas Party held at the covered court of the aforementioned barangay.

He sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the different parts of his body that caused his untimely death. 
Continuous follow-up investigation is being conducted to identify the culprits, the Camarines Norte police said.


Elderly woman shares Christmas message

Amidst the commercialization of the Yuletide event, an elderly woman from the countryside reminds everyone of this annual affair’s essence.

Mercoria Merino who grew in Daraga town only finished primary education because of poverty. They can’t even bring their parents to the hospital. She believed that her mother died of pneumonia because of persistent coughing.

Even now, she considers her own family as indigent because of limited revenue from farming. Their income descended because her husband died who mainly worked for them.

She has six sons and only one of them lives with her because the rest have their own families. Two of her grandchildren also live with her.

Despite these things, Mercoria serves her community without reluctance.
She devotes her time as a religion volunteer teacher for the elementary children in their village. She was also elected as the president of the senior citizen’s organization at Brgy. San Ramon, her residence.

On the other hand, Mercoria just turned 68 years old last December 12. After she got the stipend of P1,500 from the DSWD Social Pension Program payout on the same day, she hurried to the grocery and bought ingredients for spaghetti as her treat for her family. She also bought some supplies before heading home.

“Bumili ako ng spaghetti para daw pampahaba ng buhay (I bought spaghetti as a symbol for long life),” she explained.

As a Social Pension beneficiary, she also advised her fellow senior citizens to keep the money for the upcoming Christmas celebration.

“Mahalaga na magkakasama ang pamilya sa Pasko na may pinagsasaluhan kaya sana, gabayan din ng mga anak ang kanilang magulang kung paano gagastusin ang makukuhang [Social] Pension ngayong buwan (Coming together with a simple feast as a family every Christmas is important, so I hope that elderly will also be guided by their families on how they will spend the [Social] Pension which is available this month),” Mercoria said.

The elderly also encouraged those senior citizens to get their IDs from the local social welfare and development offices (LSWDOs) to enjoy various benefits and discounts from availing goods and services.

She also said that the children living with their elderly parents should relentlessly manifest support, love and care because they are God-given gifts to each another.

Amidst poverty, one can choose to be grateful of the blessing received from the family. The elderly never demands but reciprocating their sacrifices is sufficient to make them feel loved and important during this crucial stage.

Family’s love is still the greatest gift anyone can receive this Christmas.

PhilHealth raises the stakes in public service

Through the years, the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) remains one of the country’s best in providing the public with exceptional service. As evidenced by multiple citations and undisputable surveys, PhilHealth upholds a reputation of efficiency, commitment, and discipline.

In a survey conducted by Novo Trends in 2016, PhilHealth registered an awareness rating of 94% while 82% of the respondents claimed to have had very satisfactory experience during benefits application. Novo Trends employed a series of focused-group discussions and covered the period October-November 2016. Based on the results, the No Balance Billing facility and maternity care package surfaced as the top service/benefit known to PhilHealth beneficiaries.

These were the by-product of effective marketing campaigns aimed at empowering PhilHealth members to seek proper medical care and treatment for themselves and their qualified dependents. The highest in awareness level among regions soared as high as 99.3%. Central Visayas and Cordillera Administrative Region scored an identical mark of 98.3%.

According to the 2017 Philippine Trust Index, the EON Group’s proprietary research mechanism, the state health insurer was one of the most trusted government agencies that provide social services. Clearly, PhilHealth’s consistent, reliable, and dynamic services were enough to earn a 95% trust grade. The group was consisted of 1,200 Filipinos aged 18 and above.

This year, Novo Trends has finished a preliminary report on intercept interviews for frontline services. The report is a component of the 2018 Client Awareness and Satisfaction Survey which is currently being polished by the same firm.

The report was intended to determine the satisfaction level of clients who transact with PhilHealth Regional Offices (PROs) as well as their sources of PhilHealth information and suggestions for services improvement. A structured questionnaire designed by the Governance Commission for Government-owned and Controlled Corporations was used to conduct random face-to-face interviews.

PhilHealth earned net satisfaction ratings of over 92% from individual customers and business organizations. The respondents lauded the frontline services such as member enrolment and premium payment, among others. An average of 94.1% pleasing mark was netted by the Corporation in this regard.

When broken down to geographic levels, PhilHealth received a satisfaction grade of 96.5% in Metro Manila and 92.7% for the rest of Luzon. Further, the ratings of Visayas and Mindanao brought up the national score to 92.8%.

In addition, the Corporation’s all-encompassing benefits were a major factor for garnering the nods of approval of beneficiaries. From the All Case Rates to the Z Benefits, PhilHealth proved that it has responded to the challenges of Universal Health Care (UHC).

The report conclusively affirmed the efficiency of PhilHealth’s frontline services. The participants were in agreement that processes were simple, documentary requirements were reasonable, and over-the-counter transactions were swift. Moreover, the respondents deemed PhilHealth information to be clear and easy to obtain.

Indeed, the results were irrefutable and placed PhilHealth on the right track of obtaining outstanding rating from the public that its serves. Despite issues thrown at the Corporation, PhilHealth never strays from its vision: “Bawat Filipino Miyembro, Bawat Miembro Protektado, Kalusugan ng Lahat Segurado”.

Last June, the Corporation was certified compliant to the ISO 9001:2015 standards or Risk-Based Thinking. According tothe AJA Registrars Philippines, PhilHealth is one of the few government entities to have its head office and all regional and local health insurance offices nationwide certified at the same time.

Finally, PhilHealth recently received a Certificate of Collaboration for the implementation and Operation of the 8888 citizens’ complaint hotline and designation of focal and technical persons. As of November 6, 2018, PhilHealth was able to address 97.8% of the concerns routed through the 8888 hotline and boasted a 95.65% resolution rate for inquiries logged via Contact Center ng Bayan. The social health care provider not only resolved complaints at a high clip but was also commended to be among the government agencies that recorded the fastest turn-around-time.

Dr. Roy B. Ferrer, PhilHealth President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said in a statement, “We, at PhilHealth, are honoured to serve the Filipino people. Indeed, true and lasting progress can be attained if we can preserve a strong, healthy, and productive population. Be assured that PhilHealth will continue to be dedicated, decisive and dependable in the years to come. We will deliver and sustain the trust of the Filipinos in our journey to the realization of the Universal Health Care in the country.” END (JJ Rico)

Sunday, December 16, 2018

LGU Naga City, stricto sa mga paputok

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Pig orolayan kan mga oficial kan LGU Naga asin an 27ng Punong barangays kan Ciudad an mga estratihiya para maseguro na maging matuninong an halawig na holidays, en connection kan pag gamit nin mga rebentador asin pyrotechnics.

Tinawan nin orientation an mga punong barangays kan mga rekisitos sa pagpabakal nin rebentador asin iba pang pyrotecnic products sa saindang mga lugar, sabi kan gobierno lokal kan Naga City.

Siring man, tinawan pa nin briefing an mga punong barangay kan mga lugar na pig designar bilang community fireworks display places sa saindang mga barangays, sabi ni Renne Gumba, an pamayo kan Public Safety Office asin chairman kan Task Force Paputok, durante kan press briefing.

Mientrastanto, an hefe kan Marketing Enterprise and Promotions Office nag rerepaso na ngonian kan mga pig sumitir na mga applications kan mga retailers asin distributors, na saro sa mga rekisitos sa pagpabakal nin mga productong siring kaini kun panahon kun Pasko.

Idinugang ni Gumba na an mga matinda dapat mag agi sa orientation asin seminars na pig organisar kan gobierno lokal kan Naga City asin sa pakikipag tabangan kan Bureau of Fire protection, antes na approbaran an saindang applications asin i-release.

Nag badil sa Albay broadcaster, kinasohan na sa DOJ

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Sinangat na sa oficina kan Procurador sa Provincia kan Albay an casong murder sa pag-gadan sa boardcaster na si Joey Llana, sabi kan Presidential Task Force on Media Security.

An complaint for murder ipig file sa Office of the Provincial Prosecutor kan Albay kan Dec 7 kan Daraga Muncipal Police Station contra ki Erwin Talagtag asin duwang dai pa nabibistong mga suspechado.

Si Talagtag saro suboot na miembro kan notorious na Concepcion Criminal Group, na imbuelto sa robbery hold-up, extortion, asin gun for hire activities sa Bicol, sabi sa report.

Segun sa resulta kan forensic examination na pig sumitir kan Albay Police Provincial Office sa Presidential Task Force on Media Security, an mga kapidasong parte kan bala na hale sa calibre .45 na narecover sa lugar na ginadan si Llana kapareyo kan badil na ginamit sa gadan sa sarong pang persona na imbuelto si Talagtag.

Maroromdoman na an broadcaster na si Joey Llana, binadil asin nagadan mantang nagmamaneho kan saindang awto sa Barangay Penafrancia, Daraga, Albay kan Hulyo 20, aldaw na Byernes.

Binadil an biktima nin 14ng beses gamit an calibre .45, asin saro pang 9mm pistol, mantang nag mamaniobra kan saiyang awto paluwas sa garahe sa Brgy. Penafrancia.

Si Llana nagsapo nin mga tama nin bala sa saiyang payo asin lawas.

Antes siyang badilon naka recibe na ngona siya nin mga huma sa saiyang buhay, dagdag pa sa bareta.

Punong barangay kan Mercedes, CNorte, binadil, gadan

DAET, Camarines Norte (Bicol Standard) - Binadil nin pirang beses sa saiyang lawas si Punong barangay Joel Baricas y Apel, na taga Barangay Lalawigan, Mercedes, Camarines Norte.

Nag atendir nin Christmas party si Baricas na ginibo sa convered court kan nasambit na barangay kan dinulok siya kan dai nabistong suspechado, dangan pigpara badil.
Binawian tulos nin buhay an biktima sa pinangyarihan kan krimen.

An incidente nangyari kasuodmang alas 11:45 nin bangui.

Hinahalat pa an resulta kan imbestigasyon dapit sa bagay na ini.

DepEd Naga halts school-organized film showing

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Schools Division Superintendent William E. Gando has ordered a halt for school-organized film showing in movie houses for analysis or allied purposes.

In Division Memorandum No. 333, Series of 2018 dated December 11, 2018, Gando said complaints have been reaching the Department of Education (DepEd) Schools Division Office regarding such activities.

He emphasized that the same goes against DepEd’s No Collection policy, aside from causing anxiety due to the price of tickets.

He sternly warned the violators that they will face administrative sanctions if they continue said activities.

The memorandum is directed to public and private elementary and secondary school heads and all others concerned.

SSS receives lot donation from CamNorte LGU

DAET, Camarines Norte -- The state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Tuesday received a 1,000-sq. meter land from Camarines Norte’s government for the construction of the SSS provincial office and processing center in Sto. Domingo, Vinzons, here.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc expressed his gratitude to the Camarines Norte provincial government, headed by Governor Edgardo A. Tallado and Vice Governor Jonah G. Pimentel, for the land donation.

“This piece of land will be helpful in bringing SSS services closer to the public. It will benefit Bicolanos in Daet as social security protection is now within their reach. We would like to sincerely thank the local government of Camarines Norte for donating this lot,” Dooc said in a news release.

Camarines Norte, through Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 474-2018 issued last Sept. 26, granted Tallado the authority to donate the land to SSS for the construction of a processing center in the area.

Based on the deed of donation, the SSS will construct a service office and a processing center on the lot within three years after the property has been legally transferred to it.

The soon-to-rise SSS offices will cater to approximately 603,000 registered members in the Bicol region. It will be the first SSS processing center in the province.

The service office will be under the supervision of SSS Daet Branch, which currently serves more than 48,000 registered members. In the first semester of 2018 alone, SSS Daet Branch served an average of 800 transactions daily. Transaction volume refers to the number of forms received through the receiving centers and number of transactions through electronic transfer.

“The processing center will expedite the processing of claims filed by our members, pensioners and their dependents. A shorter processing time will let our claimants reap the benefits of their contributions to the pension fund,” Dooc said.

The SSS has 10 processing centers (PC) nationwide, which are located in Diliman, Makati, Pasig, La Union, Tarlac, San Pablo, Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao. In addition, the Diliman PC has an extension office in Naga while the Davao PC has an extension office in Zamboanga.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Treasurer's Office kan Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon sinalakat; P755 k an cuartang nawara

SORSOGON - Sinalakat nin dai bistong tawo an Municipal Treasurer's Office (MTO) kan Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon, asin nahabon an kantidad P755,147.86, na para kuta sa sweldo kan mga empleado.

Segun sa report na naguno ipinaabot sa pulis, si Ronnie Dionela, an acting na Tesorero Municipal kan banwaan na nasambit, iyo an naka discubre na bukas na an saiyang opisina asin mayo na saray niyang na cuarta sa laog kaini.

Malinaw sa imbestigasyon na pig fuersa na binukasan kan para habas an bintana kan opisina sa paagui kan pag gi-at kan bintana, na ginamitan nin steel bar.

Hasta ngonian nagpapadagos an imbestigasyon.

Mayo pa nin suspechado sa krimen na ini.

Makuri an paghadit kan mga empleado kun saen sinda makua nin cuartang panribay sa nawarang kantidad para sa sweldo kan mga tawo.

Awto kan Casureco I nakabanga nin 5 anyos na aki sa Pasacao

NAGA CITY - Maswerteng dai nalagarto na nabangaan kan awto kan Casureco I an 5 anyos na aki sa Pasacao, Camarines Sur kasubago.

Segun sa pulis, an awto sadire kan Casureco I, asin pig mamaneho ni Arnold Castaneda, 52 anyos an edad.

Nagluluwas sa imbestigasyon na an aki nagdadalagan ta mabalyo sa tinampo sa Brgy. Caranan, Pasacao, kan masagi kan vehiculo.

Nakabig man kan driver an manibela kaya dai nalagarto an aki.

Mientrastanto, nagsapo man guiraray nin mga rungas an aki sa saiyang lawas kaya idinalagan sa Mother Seton Hospital sa Naga City, para ipabulong.

Pugol pa kan pulis an driver kan awto mantang ginigibo an imbestigasyon.

Gob Rodrigueza preparado maging resource peson sa Congresso

SORSOGON - Preparado si Gov Bobit Lee Rodrigueza kan Sorsogon na mag aparicir sa congresso para maging resource person dapit sa sinasabing dai makulang sa P10 B na infrastructure project na pig iimplementar kan Department of Public Works and Highways na isiningit sa budget.

Sabi ni Rodrigueza, mayo nin problema sa saiya na magbuyagyag kan katotohanan para sa karahayan kan kagabosan, orog kan saiyang nasasakopan.

Haloy na suboot na pig tutukar an issue na ini sa lokal na lebel.

Pero, nasasahotan sana an mga nag didiscutir kan temang ini na "namumulitika" sana kaya mas maray na nagbuyagyag na lugod sa national an issue.

Hinagad lugod ni Gov. Rodrigueza na i-blacklist na lugod an CT Leoncio Construction and Trading en caso maprobaran na igwa man nanggad nin negative slippage sa saindang mga patrabaho.

Naka sentro ngonian an gobernador sa issue kan pag siyasat kan mga ginigibong proyekto kan DPWH sa provincia asin naglalaog na mayo nin "suroholan" na nangyayari.

Nagtutubod an gobernador na an mga congressmen an may pagka-aram kaolay kan DPWH sa issue kan mga proyekto, asin bakong an gobierno probincial na haros mayo man nin poder asin participasyon sa mga patrabaho.

Nicanor Faeldon Jr., negative sa pag gamit nin droga - PNP Naga

NAGA CITY - Ipinahayag ni SPO2 Tobias Bongon, an spokesman kan Naga City PNP, na nagluwas na si resulta kan drug test na ginibo sa apat na personas na nasa laog kan residencia ni Russel Lanuzo, a.k.a "Bubbles," na iyo an subject kan search warrant kasuodmang aga.

An sinambit na residencia, segun ki Police Sr Supt Felix Servita Jr., haloy nang ginagamit bilang drug den sa Brgy. Mabolo, Naga City.

Base sa resulta kan drug test, si Nicanor Faeldon Jr., an aki ni BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon, negatibo sa drug test, sabi ni SPO2 Bongon, ngonian na aga.

An tulong iba pa na pina drug test iyo sinda Allan Valdez, 44, taga Sampaloc, Manila, asin Manuel Nebres, 39 anyos na taga Mabolo, digdi, an anas positibo sa pag gamit nin droga.

Nin huli kan siring na resulta kan drug test dai na kabale si Faeldon Jr., sa mga sasangatan nin caso sa pagbalga kan R.A. 9165, sabi kan pulis.

Maromdoman na kasuodma, sinabi ni BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon na mademiter siya sa puwesto bilang pamayo kan Bureau of Corrections kun magluwas na an saiyang aking si Nicanor Jr. magpositibo sa drug test.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Faeldon Jr., dakop sa Naga City sa drug raid

NAGA CITY--Nagpahimutik si Nicanor Faeldon Jr., aki kan pamayo kan Bureau of Corrections (BUCOR) na si Nicanor Faeldon, na dai siya imbuelto sa maski anong transaksyon sa illegal na droga digdi.

Si Faeldon Jr., 32 anyos, college student sa Taytay, Rizal kaiba sinda Allan Valdez, 44 anyos, taga Sampaloc, Manila asin Manuel Nebres, 39 anyos, taga Mabolo, Naga City an nadakop kan mga awtoridad.

Si Faeldon Jr., binitbit kan pulis kasubagong pasado alas 5:00 nin mag-omagahon ta nasa  laog siya kan harong ni Russel Bermudo Lanuzo, alyas "Bubbles" na iyo an subject kan search warrant asin consideradong "high value target" sa operasyon kan illegal drugs digdi.

Dating empleado si Lanuzo kan Metro Naga Water District digdi.

Pig serve kan pulis an Search Warrant sa pig eestaran na residencia ni Russel "Bubbles" Lanuzo, sa Mabolo, Naga City antes maglinawag an aldaw ngonian.

Sabi ni SPO2 Tobias Bongon, an spokesperson kan PNP Naga, sa BICOL STANDARD, si Faeldon Jr., ipapa drug test ngona para sierto kun siya nag gagamit nin droga o dai.

Mientrastanto, naaraman sa mga imbestigador na si Faeldon Jr., ka relasyon kan aki ni Lanuza na si Xandra Mae Lanuzo, kaya duman siya nag turog sa harong kan babae.
Kabale sa dinara sa pulis station No. 1 iyo si Xandra Mae Lanuzo.

Si Xandra nagpuli pa sana sa Naga City kan Mayo, 2018, kaiba an saiyang live-in partner na si JR tangani na mag eskwela guiraray.

Sa presente, naka enroll suboot si Xandra sa Ateneo de Naga University asin nag tatrabaho bilang student assistant.

Durante kan pag implementar kan search warrant, may mga nakuang pig tutubodan na shabu sa lugar asin iba pang drug paraphernalia.

Idinagdag ni SPO2 Bongon na hinahalat ninda an resulta kan drug test ngonian.

Dai pa nakontak si Nicanor Faeldon, an ama ni JR para mahagadan nin reaksyon dapit sa baretang ini.

Si P/Supt Errol T. Garchitorena Jr., an namayo kan grupo kan mga awtoridad na nagserve kan search warrant contra ki Lanuzo. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

3 lalaki tiklo sa drug raid sa Legazpi City

LEGAZPI CITY - Tulong suspechado na imbuelto sa pagtinda nin illegal na droga an dinakop kan mga tawohan kan Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) kasuodma.

Nahulog sinda sa kamot kan mga awtoridad sa ginibong illegal drug operation sa coastal na barangay digdi.

Segun sa pahayag ni Christian Frivaldo, acting director kan PDEA-Bicol, an mga suspechado iyo sinda Michael, James, asin Paul, na gabos may apelyedong Decano, asin mga residentes kan Barangay San Roque, digdi.

An total na valor kan illegal na droga na na kua sa sainda carculadong kantidad P178,000.

May darang search warrants an mga ahentes kan PDEA kan mag laog sa pig ookupar na lugar ninda James, Michael asin Paul.

Ginibo an operasyon kan PDEA alas 6:00 nin aga, kasubago. 

Nakakua an mga awtoridad nin 27 gramos nin shabu sa lugar na ginibo an pig implementar na search warrant.

An mga suspechado gabos dinara sa detention cells mientras na pig hahanda an pag sangat nin kaso contra sa sainda.

Hasta sa presente, an PDEA nagpapadagos kan saindang mayong hotahot na operasyon sa mga lugar na pig tatagoan kan mga nagpapabakal nin droga asin mga para gamit kaini.

"Double dead" na karne, nakumpiscar sa Naga City

NAGA CITY - Pinatanidan kan mga official kan Ciudad nin Naga an mga mabakal nin carne na pasegurohon na fresko pa an mababakal ninda, orog na ngonian na masunod na mga aldaw.

Segun sa informasyon, an Naga City Price Monitoring and Coordinating Council, na pinapamayohan ni Consejal Ray-An Cedrick Rentoy, biglaan na nagconducir nin pag inspection kan mga tindahan nin carne para maheling an kalidad kan saindang mga tinda.

Pakalihis nin pirang oras na paglibot sa mga meat shops, nadiscubre kan sinambit na team an mga "double dead" o "botcha" nang mga carneng orig na pig titinda.

Tulos nag sugo sa mga miembros kan team na compiscaron an mga paninda, na nag aabot sa 276 kilos gabos na "doble dead meat."

Afuera kan pag compiscar kan mga panindang carne, pinatanidad gabot na mga paratinda na dai nangad mag probar na magbalga kan reglamento kan ciudad dapit sa saindang mga paninda, nin huli ta may kastigong pwedeng ipataw sa sainda.

Pig lalaoman na magiging segido an pag inspection kan mga tindahan nin carne orog na ngonian na madali nang mag pasko na kun saen dakul na mga parabakal an pig lalaoman.

Bula PNP dai pa aram kun saen dinara an pig kidnap na babae digdi

BULA, CSur-- Mayo pa nin lead an Bula PNP sa nangyaring pag kidnap ki Judy Asaula y Juelas, an agom ni Philbert Asaula y Guerinia, na dinara kan mga armadong lalaki na nag-surong sa saindang residencia sa Brgy. Palsong, digdi.

Segun ki PSI Reynaldo Balindan, OIC Chief of Police kan Bula, nagpapadagos an saindang paghanap sa biktima na nawawara poon pa kan sarong bangui.

Nakikipag coordinar man an pulis digdi sa agom ni Judy Asaula, na si Philbert na igwa man nin tama nin bala sa saiyang kamot, pakatapos na badilon kan dai nabistong mga armadong lalaki.

Sinabi ni Balindan sa BBS news na si Philbert pig bubulong ngonian sa hospital, sa luwas kan Camarines Sur.

Mientrastanto, an mga pag taraid na police stations kan Bula an anas na man na isi an sinambit na krimen, asin nakikipag tabangan sa Bula PNP.

Naghahanap pa nin mga informante an pulis, na pwedeng makatabang sa pagsusug kan mga suspechado.

Sa presente, tinatawan kan mga awtoridad nin importansya an mga lugar na may CCTV na pwedeng nakakua kan retrato kan pangyayaring ini.

Maroromdoman na binitbit si Judy Asaula kan mga armadong lalaki pasado alas 12 nin matanga kan sarong bangui, hale sa saindang barangay sa Palsong.

May mga nasagap na informasyon na pwedeng may relasyon sa treasure hunding an pag kidnap sa biktima.

Habo pang magtao nin detalyadong informasyon an mga pulis tangani na dai maka-affectar sa saindang pag siyasat.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Do not give alms to street dwellers, DSWD appeals

MANILA—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is once again reiterating its call to the public to refrain from giving alms to street children and families—a scene that is prevalent during the holiday season.

“We appeal to our kababayans especially here in Metro Manila not to give alms to children and families on the streets, as this will perpetuate their beliefs that it is okay to ask for alms and that it is a good way to earn,” DSWD Spokesperson, Assistant Secretary Glenda D. Relova, said.

According to the Assistant Secretary, in addition to street dwellers, members of indigenous people’s (IP) groups usually go to Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces to ask for alms during the Christmas season, based on the observation of the DSWD.

“Ang madalas po nating nakikita ay iyong mga kapatid nating Aetas at Sama-Bajau. Simula buwan ng Oktubre, bumababa sila dito sa Manila para manghingi ng limos o pamasko, as it is a means of livelihood for them (Starting October, we usually see our fellow citizens who are Aetas and Sama-Bajaus go to Metro Manila to ask for alms, as it is a means of livelihood for them),” she explained.

Asec. Relova said that she understands that many people may not help but feel pity towards street children and families, especially this Christmas season.

“Naiintindihan po natin na kapag ganitong kapaskuhan, ang mga tao ay may extra love at care na ibinibigay. Mabait ang mga tao at mas maluwag sa kanilang magbigay. Kasi nga, it is the season of giving (We understand that during Christmas season, people give extra love and care. They are more generous as this is the season of giving),” she clarified.

“Ngunit huwag po tayong magbigay ng limos (But let us not give alms). We believe it is not the best solution. Kung hindi magiging accessible sa kanila itong mabilisang pera, hindi na nila ipu-pursue pa ulit yung ganitong gawain (If quick cash won’t be accessible to them, they will not pursue this practice anymore),” Asec. Relova further explained.

Atty. Glenn Chong slams poll fraud in Bicol

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Former Biliran representative and now senatorial candidate Atty. Glenn Chong has chosen Naga City to kick off his series of sorties to explain to the public the alleged irregularities that transpired in the three previous automated elections.

Interviewed over 91.9 BBS FM’s program An Ciudadano, Chong narrated: “What brought me to Naga City and Camarines Sur were my findings that there was very serious election fraud in the towns of Ragay and Calabanga and parts of Naga City,” he said.

In Ragay, he said that election results were transmitted one day before the actual poll.

Ragay is but one of the 459 precincts across the country which transmitted election results prior to the election proper, he said.

Meantime, in Calabanga, he noted that most of the Vote Counting Machines (VCM) were out of order on the day of the election.

“Said VCMs had to be repaired in Laguna, thereby stalling the elections and allowing for an opportunity for unscrupulous individuals to tinker with the election results,” he said.

“The same is true in Naga City, which is considered the bailiwick of the Liberal Party,” he said.
Chong revealed that his understanding of the election fraud was substantiated when former Camarines Sur 2nd District Rep. Luis R. Villafuerte filed an election protest at the House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) for the 2016 election.

“I was given the opportunity to review election issues that happened in 2010, 2013, and 2016,” Chong narrated.

He admitted that he himself was also a victim of the massive election cheating when he ran for re-election in 2010, and lost by only around 300 votes.

“That was when I got interested in discovering for myself how the authorities manipulated the election count,” he revealed.

His background as a Certified Public Accountant and a lawyer, as well, proved useful in untangling the issues surrounding the automated election process, he said.

“Filipinos deserve to have their votes counted so their preferred leader would be the one to represent them,” he clarified.

“Unfortunately, it is no longer the electorate that selects the winners. It appears that the winners are pre-selected and programmed into the code of the Vote Counting Machines,” Chong lamented.

Partial remedy

As a partial remedy, he suggested to the Comelec that a receipt be printed out after the voter casts his/her vote in the 2019 election.

This is to make possible a comparison between the vote cast and what the machine recorded.

To prevent the use of the receipt in vote-buying, he further recommended the use of a receptacle in which the receipt would be deposited after the voter makes the comparison.

Comelec took him up on his suggestion, Chong said.

“This is why in the upcoming election, voters will be issued a receipt after voting,” he explained.

Gag order?

Chong said that due to his exposés on poll fraud, he feared that he could be the subject of a gag order which would effectively prohibit him from further revealing the anomalies allegedly perpetrated by what he calls the “riding-in-tandem syndicate” of the Comelec and Smartmatic.

“There was no other way by which I could continue with my crusade for clean and honest polls than by running for an elective position in the national level,” he said.

Repeatedly, Chong dared the Comelec and Smartmatic to file a complaint against him if they believe that what he says is untrue.

“I can prove my case in court so as to put an end to this sham of an electoral process,” he stressed.

Neither money nor machinery

Chong said he plans to hold a caravan from Luzon to Mindanao to get people informed of their fundamental right to vote, which is the essence of democracy.

“I have neither a huge sum of money nor powerful political machinery to organize large rallies,” he said.

“However, I do have a massive following on social media composed of people who are not known to me but share my sentiments,” he added.

“This is my advantage over other candidates: my genuine commitment to safeguard our sacred votes, not only for our generation, but for also for the future,” he said.


Husband shot, wife kidnapped in Bula, Cam Sur

BULA, Camarines Sur (Bicol Standard) – Police operatives of Bula Municipal Police Station are still tracking down the whereabouts of Judy Asaula y Juelas, who was allegedly abducted last night by more or less ten unidentified armed persons.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard with Police Senior Insp. Reynaldo D. Balindan, Chief of Police of Bula, he said they are still gathering information on the surrounding circumstances which led to the alleged kidnapping and shooting incident.

The report said that gunmen barged into the house of the Asaulas at Zone 2, Barangay Palsong, at around 12 midnight on December 11 (Tuesday) and shot Philbert Asaula y Guerenia, hitting him on his hand.

Afterwards, the suspects fled, taking with them Philbert’s wife, Judy.

Philbert told the police that this could have stemmed from the treasure hunting operation at barangay Palsong.

No other details, however, were disclosed.

Balindan said he had dispatched a team of investigators to conduct an in-depth inquiry on the incident.

The incident was reported to the police only at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

DepEd assures teachers of bonuses, allowance hike

Department of Education Undersecretary Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla (left) assures teachers of their bonuses this year. (PNA Photo by Ma. Teresa Montemayor)

MANILA -- An official of the Department of Education (DepEd) assured on Monday that all teachers and personnel will receive their bonuses for the year.

"We will make sure that everyone will receive the anniversary bonus, this is PHP3,000. That's all employees. Also, the year-end bonus," DepEd Undersecretary Finance-Budget and Performance Monitoring Annalyn Sevilla said in a press briefing.

Sevilla said DepEd has issued the guidelines on the distribution of the anniversary bonus as early as October.

She added DepEd is a big organization, so it might take time for teachers and personnel in remote schools to receive their bonuses.

"Siguro na-delay lang... November 15 pa lang po naibigay narin ang year-end bonus, baka po special case o baka po isang empleyado na meron pang mga requirements na kelangan ma-clear (Maybe there's just a delay... The year-end bonus was given starting November 15, it could be a special case or one employee who still have requirements to be cleared) that's just an exemption to the general rule," she said.

Sevilla added DepEd has worked hard to implement an increase in the allowances and the benefits stated in the Magna Carta for Teachers and other personnel.

"Increase for chalk allowance will be in 2019. In fact, there will be more increases in 2019. We just don't want to announce hangga't di pa siya naisasabatas (while it's not yet ratified)," she said. (PNA)

RD Escobal beefs up security as holiday season kicks in

Chief Supt. Arnel Escobal
Bicol PNP Chief
LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – Police Chief Supt. Atty. Arnel B. Escobal, chief of the Bicol police, has ordered all cops in the region to tighten security and safety operations this holiday season.

In a directive sent to Provincial Directors and the City Director of the Naga City Police Office, Escobal said he wants a massive and thorough inspection of all establishments involved in the selling of firecrackers.
He added that all illegal firecrackers such as the watusi, piccolo, super lolo, atomic triangle, large judas belt, bawang, pillbox, boga, Goodbye Philippines, Bin Laden, mother rockets, lolo thunder, kwiton, atomic bomb, five star, pla-pla, og, giant whistle bomb, kabasi and other unlabeled and imported fire crackers must be confiscated to avert injuries, destruction of property, and fatalities.

Escobal emphasized that those found guilty of buying, distributing, and using illegal firecrackers and pyrotechnics will be penalized with a fine of not less than Twenty Thousand Pesos (P20,000.00) but not more than Thirty Thousand Pesos (P30,000.00) and imprisonment of not less than six (6)months, but not more than one (1) year of both tantamount to the charges he/she facing.

Furthermore, the police will strictly enforce the mandate of Republic Act 7183, which regulates the sale, manufacture, and distribution of fireworks under the law, any person who desires to manufacture, sell or distribute fireworks and other pyrotechnics devices shall file his application for the issuance of license or business permit with the PNP chief through the Provincial Director, but before the PNP can grant a permit to, he should secure first a fire safety inspection (FSIC) from the City or Municipal Fire Marshal having the jurisdiction, Escobal said.

Meantime, he also reiterated the ban on indiscriminate firing during the Christmas and New Year’s celebration.

Escobal said he appeals to the community for public support and active involvement by reporting any relevant and timely information that may disturb the peaceful celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Day through the PNP’s Facebook Account (Kasurog Bicol); and Twitter Account @PRO5 React. Those with information may also call or text the hotline number 09173097862.

Cops to get pistol, rifle each by 2020: PNP

PALO, Leyte – The Philippine National Police (PNP) is eyeing to provide a pistol and a rifle for each of the 200,000 policemen in the country by 2020, a key police official said on Monday.

Chief Supt. Angelito Casimiro, PNP Director for Logistics, said there is an ongoing procurement of equipment to boost the operation and intelligence functions of the police.

To date, only 82 percent of policemen have pistols while 68 percent have rifles. However, the figures are higher than the 33 percent of policemen with short firearms and 24 percent with long barrel firearms before the term of President Rodrigo Duterte.

“If we want our policemen to be respected, we have to provide them with decent police car, equipment, investigation kits, and proper training,” Casimiro told reporters.

The PNP’s small firearms are produced from one of the world’s largest gun-makers, Forjas Taurus, which is based in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Casimiro personally inspected the factory to check the capability of the firearms.

Casimiro was in Leyte to lead the handover of PHP56.8 million worth of internal security operations equipment and field investigators crime scene kit for PNP regional office and field offices in Eastern Visayas.

The distribution is part of the PNP modernization program where the law enforcement agency got a higher budget under the Duterte administration. The official said this is just the first batch of delivery.

Casimiro said the central government provided PHP2.9 billion for 2019 and PHP7.79 billion for 2018. This is higher than the PHP2 billion annual budget received by PNP from 2008 to 2016.

On top of firearms, the PNP has been procuring choppers, patrol cars, thermal imagers, global positioning system, field investigation kits, protective gears, and other assets “critical for the performance of PNP’s functions.”

“The present leadership provided us resources that made history in PNP. This will further boost our operation and intelligence functions as well as the morale and welfare of our personnel. Gone will be the days that we will be fighting the enemy with both hands held behind use because we don’t have the equipment and protection,” Casimiro added.

The official emphasized the need to boost the capability of PNP, considering that policemen are present in every city and town. Just like the Armed Forces of the Philippines, some policemen are also engaged in internal security operations and counter-terrorism. (PNA)

No mandatory contributions, solicitations for Xmas parties: DepEd

MANILA -- A few days before the Christmas break, Education Secretary Leonor Briones reminded public schools not to impose mandatory contributions or solicitations for their students' Christmas parties.

"We're just reiterating an earlier memorandum from 2009, contributions for celebrations should be strictly voluntary, walang sapilitan (no one will be obliged to give)," she said in a press briefing on Monday.

Briones added that Christmas decorations in classrooms and schools should be simple and inexpensive.

"Siguro iyong mga recycled decorations lang, gaya dito sigurothose who have been covering us for many years, sinasabi siguro, hinukay na naman sa baul (Recycled decorations would do... those who have been covering us for many years might say, [our decorations are] have been the same) and this is a very common practice here)," she said.

Stressing that gift-giving must be done in the spirit of sharing, Briones reminded teachers and students to refrain from extravagant spending.

She also said any disruption of academic activities to make way for Christmas parties must be voluntary.

Elementary and secondary students in public schools nationwide will have their Christmas break on December 15 up to January. Classes will resume on January 2, 2019. (PNA)

Outstanding groups from Naga City schools lauded

Balatas Elementary School was commended by the Naga City government for being the Champion in the 2018 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School -- Medium Category.
NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard)—Resolutions commending and congratulating groups from various academic institutions in this city were presented on Monday morning by the local government unit to the recipients. 

Among those commended were the Naga Central School I Children's Rondalla for emerging as this year's national champion in the NAMCYA Children's Rondalla Category; the Lycans Pep Squad of the City College of Naga for having placed 2nd in the National Cheerleading Championship (NCC) - COED College Cheer Category Regional Qualifying Round; the Greyhounds of the University of Nueva Caceres for being the Champion in the National Dance Championship -- Bicol Regional Qualifying Round: Mixed Senior High School Hip Hop Division; the Ateneo Knights of the Ateneo de Naga University for being the Champion in the National Dance Championship -- Bicol Regional Qualifying Round: Mixed Senior High School Hip Hop Division; and Balatas Elementary School for being awarded as Champion in the 2018 Brigada Eskwela Best Implementing School -- Medium Category.

Meantime, the Naga College Foundation Tigers were also congratulated for making it to the Elite 4 of Philippine Collegiate Champion's League -- Philippine Regional Championship.

The local government unit of Naga continually recognizes and appreciates the efforts of outstanding members of the community in an effort to inspire others.

Legazpi City bags regional Sandugo award

LEGAZPI CITY -- The City Health Office (CHO) has been named by the Department of Health (DOH)-Bicol as the best implementer of the agency's blood services program in the entire region.

City Health Officer Dr. Fulbert Gillego, in an interview on Monday, relayed receiving the Regional Sandugo Award from DOH Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Director Ernie Vega last December 7 at the Legazpi City Convention Center.

The recognition was based on the blood-letting activities conducted by the CHO with the participation of barangays as well as fraternities and other stakeholders who donated blood as one way of promoting voluntary blood donation and to help ensure adequate supply of safe blood for transfusion.

The Sandugo award is part of the commitment of the city administration including all the barangay officials toward the successful implementation of DOH's National Voluntary Blood Services Program (NVBSP) that aims to ensure an adequate, sustainable supply of safe blood for blood transfusion purposes.

Gillego noted that his office collected 2,366 bags of blood from January to November 2017 which is higher than DOH's requirement of at least one percent of the total population. Legazpi's population is about 202,902, one percent of which is 2,029, he added.

Gillego thanked the donors as well as the academe, fraternities, barangay leaders, the youth and other stakeholders who supported the implementation of the blood-letting program of Legazpi.

Those patients who want to avail of safe blood should simply present to the CHO a letter from a doctor in order to know what type of blood they need, he said.

Meanwhile, on that same awarding ceremony, the DOH also chose Legazpi City as third placer for the regional Purple Ribbon award.

The Purple Ribbon is one of the most coveted recognitions being given to the national, regional, provincial as well as local government units including civil society organizations and individuals for their exemplary practices, accomplishments and innovations in response to the implementation of Reproductive Health Law and Family Planning Program and compasses all the services that should be given for women to be safe in their entire lifetime.

Gillego said the award is a clear manifestation of efficient and effective implementation of the city’s Family Planning Program as one way of educating all the mothers regarding proper birth spacing in order for them to give their children good health and quality education as part of reducing the rate of poverty incidence in the community.

He said he will continue to conduct a series of educational campaign, nutrition counseling, maternal health care and other related medical services to make sure both the health of mothers and babies are always in good condition. (PNA)

Monday, December 10, 2018

FDA releases statement on unregistered lambanog

The FDA, through its inspectors at the Regional Field Offices (RFO) and agents of its Regulatory Enforcement Unit (REU), in coordination with the Philippine National Police (with whom the FDA has an existing MOA), is continuously monitoring the sale of the unregistered alcoholic beverage, Lambanog, and will not hesitate to confiscate these products being openly sold to the public, to prevent further loss of life to unsuspecting consumers. The FDA issued an Order for the seizure of these unregistered products, and the RFO inspectors and REU agents are on heightened alert status to make sure that none of these toxic alcoholic beverages are marketed in the public.

This is in line with its recent findings that laboratory tests of the sample products from Luisiana, Sta. Rosa and Calamba, Laguna, Antipolo, and Tarlac, which tested positive for high levels of Methanol, a prohibited additive in Lambanog, and which is suspected to have caused the deaths of some individuals.

FDA is also monitoring other Lambanog products in the market as part of its heightened Post Marketing Surveillance (PMS), which are being immediately subjected to product registration verification, and qualitative and quantitative analysis by its Common Services Laboratory (CSL), to prevent further injury and loss of life.

FDA will be filing cases against the identified peddlers of these unregistered, out of specs, and/or adulterated alcoholic beverages, and will be coordinating with other law enforcement services, for the filing of the appropriate criminal cases against the perpetrators – especially those involved or connected with the deaths allegedly caused by these unregistered products.

Coast guard intensifies monitoring of Bicol ports

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) – The Philippine Coast Guard has announced that it will intensify its monitoring of ports in Bicol this holiday season.

It has already hoisted full alert status nationwide due to the expected significant increase in the number of passengers.

Handa na ang buong puwersa ng Philippine Coast Guard sa inaasahang pagdagsa ng mga pasahero na uuwi sa kani-kanilang mga probinsya para sa darating na Pasko at Bagong Taon (The Philippine Coast Guard is prepared for the expected influx of passengers going to their provinces for Christmas and New Year),” PCG commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino said in a statement.

The PCG will conduct pre-departure inspections in seaports to ensure that sea vessels will only board passengers in accordance with its capacity. Its personnel will also issue safety tips to the passengers.

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has started implementing its “Oplan Biyaheng Ayos: Pasko 2018” from Dec. 10, 2018 until Jan. 5, 2019.

DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade directed all sectoral offices and attached agencies of the department to go on heightened alert for the Christmas season. (With report from PNA)

DepEd Sec. Briones lauds two Bicolano teacher-awardees

MANILA -- Two outstanding Bicolano teachers were among those lauded by Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones on Monday morning for their exemplary performance in the field.

They were Windel Alvarez from Caramoan, Camarines Sur and Lowel Solayao of Pilar, Sorsogon.

Solayao taught reading to the young learners from Sorsogon, while Alvarez introduced the Alternative Learning System to the families living in the Lahuy Island, Caramoan, Briones stated.

"What makes them outstanding besides the awards is going beyond their call, of what teachers should be," Briones said of Alvarez, Solayao, and four other educators from other parts of the Philippines.

Briones said the teacher-awardees signify that teaching is a special profession which does not only involve "counting of work hours, bonuses and benefits."

"I'm touched by their loyalty and by their love for the learners, not thinking of what they lack. They show that teaching is parting of knowledge, guiding of learners and shaping of lives," she added. (With report from PNA)

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